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News & Information

Weekly Updates

January 10, 2022

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
As a reminder, even though the holidays are over, our office continues to have limited staffing (like many places). Email is best and fastest for communication, but if you need to call, please leave a message. Calling back to back will not get a response faster; we will respond as soon as possible. 

All schools with probationary instructors should check the status of your instructor(s) in DETS. Some probationary instructors were inadvertently deactivated during the renewal process. If you have an instructor who was deactivated and shouldn't be, please email JoAnne at jmproehl@dps.ohio.gov

New location applications need to be submitted to the Driver Training Program Office, not the field staff. The field staff will inspect once the DT office gives approval to inspect. Going directly through the field staff will not get an inspection earlier. 

CDL:
There is a Basic Instructor Course scheduled for Wednesday, January 12th. We have limited enrollment, so if you have someone who you would like to attend, please send their registration asap. 

Be on the lookout for an email from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for loan/grant opportunities for your students. 

Reminder, the TPR is available to the public. Consider registering your school soon if you have not already done so. 

Have a wonderful week! 


January 3, 2022

Good Monday!

A few updates for this week:

All Schools:
Certificates of completion: You are still able to use available certificates from batches you purchased in previous years. Enter in the previous year and click search. Your batches will list and you can use them until you need to purchase more.

Renewals: Those schools who did not fully renew, your licenses and/or certifications are expired. Please contact our office for the requirements to complete your renewal. For those schools that submitted last minute, your items will be reviewed as quickly as possible.

Happy 2022 everyone! Let's start this year off focused on efforts to reduce crashes and fatalities. 

 "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela


December 27, 2021

Good Monday!

Hope everyone has enjoyed the holiday season.

Reminder: 
Our office will be closed Friday, December 31, 2021. All renewals need to be completed by December 30th. If you have not yet received an email indicating you have been approved, please check and make sure all items for the renewals was received.


December 20, 2021

Good Monday!

Staffing:
The holiday season starts this week. The Driver Training Staff will be limited. If you need to reach us immediately, email drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. We are able to respond to emails quicker than phone calls. The staff will be unavailable December 23, 24, and December 31. 

Renewals:
2021 Licenses and certifications expire on December 31, 2021. In order to successfully renew, all of the renewal requirements shall be met. 
Since our staff will not be in on December 31st, the renewal shall be completed by December 29. This will provide us time on the 30th to review and respond to any last minute concerns.

If you are trying to upload documents and receive an error, please let our office know and you can email in the remaining items. We will ask that you provide us with a screenshot of the error to forward on to our IT team.

Upcoming CDL Basic Instructor Course(BIC)
We are hosting a CDL Basic Instructor Course in January. Visit the driver training website under 'CE/Trainings' for further information and to register. 

We wish all of you a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. 


December 13, 2021

Good Monday!

All Schools
Another reminder – renewals must be complete prior to December 31, 2021 in order for you to continue operation on January 1, 2022. Keep in mind, December 31st is an observed holiday, so no one in the Driver Training Program Office will be available to process last minute renewal requirements. Our office needs time to be able to look through everything. 

The Driver Training Program Office will be closed December 23-26, 2021 to observe the holiday. 

Online – Class D and abbreviated adult online 
Contracts 

  • The contracts for the 24-hour online program have to include that the "24 hours of instruction is based on the Ohio Driver Training Curriculum".
  • The contracts for the 4 hour abbreviated adult course have to include that the "4 hours of instruction is based upon the Abbreviated Adult Course Curriculum".

Please review your contracts and ensure the appropriate language is included. You can refer to Ohio Administrative Codes 4501-7-12 & 4501-8-11.

Have a great week!


December 6, 2021

Happy December!

Most of you have met the renewal deadline! Remember, meeting the deadline does not complete your renewal. Please make sure you complete everything on the appropriate checklist. You will receive a system automated email when your renewal is approved. 

As a reminder, our office has very limited staffing during the holiday season. You do not need to call back to back. Please leave a message and we will return calls as soon as possible. Email is always a faster response time. 

Have a wonderful week!


November 29, 2021

Happy Monday!

All Schools:

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

All Schools:
TOMORROW is the Renewal deadline! Please make sure you have clicked "renew" and initiated your renewal to avoid being an original application!

Class D Schools:
Some students have recently been issued credit letters from Ruth's Driving Academy. Credit letters come from our office and are given directly to the parent to take to another driving school to complete the training. Please accept these letters (on Department letterhead and signed by Valerie) and keep a copy in the student's file. If you have any questions regarding this process, please email our office. 

Have a great week!


November 22, 2021

Happy Monday!

All Schools:

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Reminder, our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday due to the holiday. 

Another renewal reminder! Renewal deadline is quickly approaching. Make sure you initiate your renewal before the November 30th deadline. Also, please remember instructor and enterprise applications have a slower processing time during the renewal season. We will get to applications as soon as possible. 

CDL Schools:
For those who have not signed up on the TPR website, you may want to do so very soon with the new year approaching. Information regarding TPR is on the driver training website under News & Information. 

Class D, Abbreviated Adult, & CDL Schools:
Our office is starting to get calls regarding Training Manager assessments. All Training Managers need to be assessed annually by another Training Manager. If you do not have more than one Training Manager at your school, you can utilize a neighboring Training Manager to perform your assessment or contact a Driver Training Field Staff Representative to perform your assessment. 

As a reminder, lesson plans are required to be submitted along with probationary assessments. We seem to be getting a lot of assessments without the appropriate supporting documentation. 

Also, please make sure you are referring to our Continuing Education Policy when submitting a continuing education course for pre-approval. As you are aware, our office is already short-handed (like most places). The policy asks for a month to give us time to review the documentation. 

Our office is grateful for our schools and instructors who continue striving to keep Ohio's roads safe! Have a wonderful and safe holiday! 


November 15, 2021

Good Monday!

All Instructors:
Traffic Convictions: With all the new laws and updates on distracted driving, this is now considered a moving violation. If a driver is convicted of section 4511.991 (distracted driving), this is considered a moving violation. There are multiple possible distracted driving offenses listed in 4511. To find what is considered a moving violation visit https://www.bmv.ohio.gov/government.aspx. While they are not pointed offenses, they are moving violations and do count towards the rules reporting requirements and total number of convictions on a driving record.

Renewals:
Due to issues with DETS, please include proof of payment with your renewals. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Class D:
BMV Pilot Program Update: Thank you to all the organizations that have expressed interest in participating in a pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test. The Ohio BMV is currently developing the standards for participation and intends to follow-up with all interested participants. The next steps will include discussions regarding the proposed standards and an opportunity for input from interested parties. If your organization has expressed interested, it will receive an invitation email from an Ohio BMV representative in the coming weeks. Please contact Sydney King at sking@dps.ohio.gov  for BMV Pilot Program questions. 


November 8, 2021

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
As a reminder, we are in full swing with renewal period. Please be patient in trying to contact our office. We will return calls and messages as soon as possible.

Speaking of Renewals!
We have had many schools ask about the Attestation of Compliance. This is only for online providers who are licensed to offer online driver education in Ohio. This does not apply to any other school nor any school with an affiliation with a licensed online provider. Check the list you are pulling to make sure it pertains to your licenses or certifications only. We have also had many upload documents that need emailed. Read the directions and upload only the documents required for uploading. Email the other documents in to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

The Driver Training Program Office will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2021 in observance of Veteran's Day. On November 12, 2021, we will be short staffed and unavailable. Please email the office for any inquiry.

The material order form on the driver training website has been updated. Please make sure you are using the most up to date version, as we delete the materials that are no longer available. 

Class D & Abbreviated Adult Schools:
There has been an updated version of the Instructor Log Book posted to the driver training website. The new form captures the license plate number of the vehicle driven. Please contact driver training with any questions.

CDL Schools:
The TPR website is open and your school can obtain access credentials. Visit the driver training website under News & Info > CDL ELDT Updates for more information. 

CDL Vehicle Inspection Decals - Schools have advised that some vehicles were not issued the CVSA decals. Please contact our office immediately if your vehicles passed inspection and should have received a CVSA decal. We will work to get those issued. When scheduling for your vehicle inspections, advise the units how many vehicles you have so they can plan for the appropriate number of decals.

Have a great week!


November 1, 2021

Good Monday All!

All Schools
Renewals: renewals have started. Please read through the Read First letter and pull the appropriate list to renew your program(s). The deadline for renewals is November 30, 2021. 

Public Safety Training Campus: The Public Safety Training Campus is now live with the updates. Here are some tips to access the updated site:

  1. Clear any previously saved link from your computers, laptops, or devices;
  2. Clear your cache and cookies;
  3. Access the link from the Driver Training website for the first time. The link is updated.

Moving to a New Location or Adding a New Location? Make sure your new location is properly set up with the following requirements:

  • tables and chairs for all students
  • audio/visual equipment
  • space adequate for your instructor
  • all educational materials needed for the lessons

Our office will require these items to inspect and pass the new location. Make sure you are ready for when we show up!

CDL Schools
Basic Instructor Course: There are only two classes scheduled for the remainder of 2021; one on November 17th and the last class on December 8th. Get your prospective CDL instructors registered quickly. You can find the information under the 'CE/Training link on the Driver Training website. 

Class D and abbreviated adult
Highway Patrol Inspection decals: remove the old decals from the vehicles. Decals have not been issued for two years and need to be pulled off of the windshields.

Have a great week!


October 25, 2021

Good Monday Morning All!

All Schools
As a reminder, Julia Tipple is no longer working with Driver Training. Please do not email her directly. A Message from Julia:

Dear Owners, Authorizing Officials, Training Managers, Instructors, and Beyond,
I want to thank each and every one of you that I have had the pleasure of getting to know and speak with (via phone, email, virtual meetings, or trainings) in my almost three years here at Driver Training. I have learned so much from all of you, not just about driver training and safety, but also about the value of hard work and perseverance. The businesses you run and the students you teach are lucky to have each and every one of you looking out for them. I can genuinely say I will miss working with this amazing group of people. I will continue to use the lessons I have learned in both my personal and professional life, and I truly appreciate all you have done for me over the years. As always, thank you for keeping Ohio's roadways safer!

Renewal Reminder: Please make sure you are pulling the correct checklists that pertain to your training program. This will clarify a lot of questions that our office is receiving. 


October 18, 2021

Good Monday!

All Schools
October 15th kicked off the 2022 renewals. Here are a few things to remember:

  • The deadline to click renew is November 30
  • Review all items in DETS to ensure the information is updated, this includes vehicle inspections, financial responsibility information, etc.

Deleting DL/ID resource - the card sent out to any school regarding the upcoming compliance with the new driver's license or state ID is being recycled. There have been some changes to the date for which all Ohioans need to be compliant. The card is outdated. You may access the most current version and RAQs about the requirement on the BMV's website at https://bmv.ohio.gov/dl-real-id.aspx

Class D/Adult Remedial
Organ Donation - For those schools providing instruction on the topic of organ donation, there are additional resources you can obtain through your regional service centers. The employees are also willing to provide instruction in your classes if you choose. The contacts and regions are here.

CDL Schools
If you are not subscribed or accessing resources through the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, please read through the latest issue of the Guardian. The article on "Legalized Medical Marijuana, CBD Products and Recreational Marijuana" is a good read and provides insight for employers, drivers, and prospective drivers on the use of marijuana in the trucking industry. You can access the edition at https://www.cvsa.org/guardian-magazine/

Office Update:
Friday, October 22, 2021 will be Julia's last day with our office. She is taking a promotion with the BMV. We wish her well with her new endeavor but that also means she will no longer be responding to driver training inquiries. Her duties will be spread out to the remaining staff. Please be patient with us as we try to fill the spot and juggle her duties also. We will do our best to continue providing assistance and support for your questions and needs.

Please make sure you send any emails to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov if you need anything. 


October 12, 2021

Good Tuesday Afternoon!

All Schools:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the upgrade to the Public Safety Training Campus (PSTC) has been delayed and is rescheduled to occur on October 28, 2021.

What this means:

  1. You will have access to the PSTC on October 11 through October 14, 2021.
  2. Access to the PSTC will be restricted at noon on October 25, 2021, at which time, all student profiles, course records, and transcripts will be transferred to the upgraded platform.
  3. Access to the PSTC will be reinstated on October 28, 2021.

The renewal period opens this week! On Friday, October 15, 2021, you will see a new tab appear in DETS titled "Renewal". Here, you will find the instructions sheet that you will need to READ FIRST. You will then pull the appropriate checklist(s) to see the renewal requirements. Please make sure you are following instructions! Our office spends a lot of time redirecting schools to delete items in DETS or send items into the office when it is instructed on the checklists.

Class D Schools:
The department needs one more larger school (1,501 - 3,000+ students per year) for the Ohio - Ready, Test, Drive virtual driving assessment pilot. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, October 13, 2021. The application is here.

Juvenile Remedial (JDIP):
The Microsoft Teams invitation for October 25, 2021 to review the JDIP curriculum has been sent to those who indicated interest. If you did not receive it, please contact the Driver Training Program Office.

Have a great week!


October 4, 2021

Good Monday all!

All Schools:
The Public Safety Training Campus will be down from October 11-13, 2021. The department is upgrading the training campus. On October 14th, you will notice some changes and find it easier to navigate. Your current logins will transfer over to the new platform.

CDL:
The training manager course hosted this October/November has 1 more opening. Please register quickly if you are interested. Registration will remain open for one additional week and close on October 8, 2021 for this last spot. You can find the details on our website at drivertraining.ohio.gov and click on CE/Training.

Class D/Abbreviated Adult:
There is some confusion in the field as to when is it allowed to step outside a vehicle while training. Reminder that if you are training a student in maneuverability, you may exit the vehicle and train from outside the car, if the following applies:

  1.  You are within hearing distance and can still maintain oversight over the student. 
  2.  You are on a range. The definition of range is a closed course that does not allow other traffic to pass through. If you are not on this type of range, exiting the vehicle is not an option.

Class D:
If you are interested in participating in the second phase of the Ohio - Ready, Test, Drive (Virtual Driving Assessment) pilot, and receive some reimbursement for proctoring the assessment, please see the details in the Bulletin Board announcement from Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The department has 2 openings for smaller schools (up to 750 students), 1 opening for a medium school (up to 1,500 students) and 4 openings for large schools (1,501+ students).

Juvenile Remedial (JDIP):
The department is reviewing the Juvenile Driver Improvement Provider curriculum. You should have received an email to invite for October 25, 2021. The virtual meeting will be focused on updating content and receiving feedback from the current providers.


September 27, 2021

Happy Monday everyone!

Class D -

Certificate of Completion - The new law passed for those who take and fail their first attempt at the driving test, and are 18 years of age and older, they are able to waive the abbreviated adult course if they can present proof of valid driver's education and training. The training shall have been completed within one year prior to the test failure. Valid education and training is considered a program already approved by the department. This also means that a student, 18 years of age and older, may opt to take the full driver education course. If this is the case, the certificates of completion used for the 15-17 year old students may be issued to those older. This will also assist the driver exam stations in determining if the course is valid.

Virtual Driving Assessment system (VDAs) - if you read through the proposed rules, the department has withdrawn the virtual driving assessment requirement. The department is pursuing a second phase of the pilot with twelve driver training schools on a voluntary basis for one year. Additional information regarding the details of the second phase will be forthcoming. Please be patient as we work through the final details before releasing the information.

Online -

Enrollment Certificates - As a reminder, enrollment certificates are still required to be mailed to students under our rules. The rule which will eliminate the need for enrollment certificates is coming, but has not yet gone into effect. Please make sure all students are still receiving both certificates for their records.

CDL -

Training Manager Course - There is one spot remaining for CDL at our Fall Training Manager Course at Cuyahoga Community College. For more information and registration please visit drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training.

Basic Instructor Course - The newest Basic Instructor Course for CDL Instructors has been posted to the Driver Training website under CE & Training. The course will be held October 20, 2021 at Swift Driving Academy in Columbus. Please register your instructors as soon as possible.

All Schools -

Rules Comments - As a reminder Chapter 4501-7 and Chapter 4501-21 drafts are both currently posted for commentary until Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Please review the information posted on our website under News & Information, Rules and send commentary to rules@dps.ohio.gov and carbon copy the Common Sense Initiative Office at csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


September 20, 2021

Good Monday to everyone.

Please read the following announcements as there are quite a few important updates:

All Schools
Program Reviews - For schools who would like to prepare for a Program Review, there are checklists available on the driver training website at drivertraining.ohio.gov, click on schools/enterprises and under your prospective program. The provided checklists include everything the field staff reviews during their visit.

Teen Driver Safety Week starting October 17, 2021 - The week of October 17 is Teen Driver Safety week. The Ohio Department of Public Safety will be posting safety reminders for teens and parents during this week through multiple social media avenues. We would also like to highlight some activities happening in and around Ohio centered on teen driver safety. If your school or instructors are participating in or hosting local events, please contact our office with the information and we will share them during the week of the 17th.

BMV Update - Please advise students and parents that the BMV is no longer scheduling driver examination tests by phone. For their convenience, driver exams can be scheduled online through BMV Online Services:

The BMV’s new, updated website is a quick and easy way to secure a driver exam date.

Class D, Disability, & CDL schools
In December 2019, the Driver Training Program Office was audited by the Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education (ANSTSE). The findings of this audit indicated Ohio needed to look into the levels of trainers that are established. We already have instructors, who are trained by Training Managers, but who trains the Training Managers?

Our office has since developed the role of a Master Trainer. Like the National Standards, this creates a tiered program where we have Master Trainers > Training Managers > Instructors.

The newly developed Master Trainer Committee is a group of volunteers who assist the Department in trainings, development of courses, and provide professional insight into training requirements. This is not a licensure; it is a voluntary time commitment. In order to become a Master Trainer, there is an established policy that includes qualifications and pre-requisites. Please see the attached policy. Each person shall meet the requirements established to participate.

If being a master trainer is not a possibility at this time for you but you wish to participate, there is an additional opportunity to be a Specialist Advisory Member (SAM). A SAM is someone who specializes in specific areas related to training and management but who does not meet all qualifications at this time.

The opportunity to work with the Master Trainer Committee is open to everyone. Please be advised that the current established committee will be involved in the review and determination process of potential candidates of the Master Trainer Committee.

See our Master Trainer Committee Policy. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please send your cover letter and resume to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov . Feel free to contact the Driver Training Program Office with any questions.


September 13, 2021

Here are the updates for the week:

All Schools
Reminder: Renewal season is fast approaching. Renewals are set to begin on October 15th, 2021 and will run until December 31st, 2021 as usual. More information will be coming in the next few weeks.

Class D and CDL Schools
Reminder: All "Student Driver" signs must be on the front and rear of the vehicle, at least three inches in height, and contrasting in color to the vehicle. However, the "Student Driver" sign may not be located on the front or back windshield of the vehicle. If the student driver sign is located on the front or back windshield our field staff will fail the vehicle for non-compliance. Please email us with any questions at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


September 7, 2021

Good morning all!

We hope everyone had a safe and delightful Labor Day!

Here are the updates for the week:

CDL Schools
FMCSA has developed an interactive Q&A to address training providers’ most frequently asked questions about registration. The course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and covers topics such as: General/Self-certification, Login.gov, Registering Training Providers, Registering Locations, Registering Multiple Locations, Instructors, and State Requirements. Please visit the following link to access the Q&A: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/content/Resources/registration-Q-and-A/story.html

All Schools:
Certificate orders - electronic payment
A quick reminder for those making electronic payments - make sure you progress through the payment screens sequentially. Please do not use the back option in your browser, if you made an error in the information. This affects the ability for the system to link payment and issue a batch of certificates. It will take the payment but will not issue the certificates. Review all information before clicking next to avoid any mistype or inaccurate entry of information. 

Stacey Thompson will be out of the office starting September 7th until September 14th. If you need immediate assistance please contact the Driver Training Program Office at 614-466-3524 or drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

If your school has elected to release a student from their contract before they are completed, please make sure to send the records to our office first, and then let the parent know to contact us. This streamlines the process and allows us to transfer students without having to wait on a request for records to be filled.

Those wanting to file a proposal for virtual classroom must submit the following criteria:

  1. The mandatory hours of instruction are provided;
  2. The curriculum, as set forth in the applicable rules, is covered entirely;
  3. Each student shall have access to materials used to supplement the content (i.e. videos, handouts, quizzes, power point presentations, etc.);
  4. The hours of video and media is covered, as per the applicable rules;
  5. Interaction between the student and instructor shall be readily available;
  6. The final exam shall be proctored and provided under the guidance of a licensed driver training instructor, as stated in the program's applicable rules;
  7. Instructor shall be able to supervise the students and ensure each student has attended the mandatory training;
  8. Attendance is documented as required by the rules.

Class D Schools
Since we are receiving an influx of calls, the office wanted to let you know that there are several courses being offered that we are allowing Training Managers to take for continuing education credit this year. Posted so far on the website are:

  • September 18 in St. Clairsville
  • October 2 in Liberty Township
  • October 16 in Cuyahoga County 

We are also allowing Training Managers to complete the ADED course and the Capabilities CE under the Disabilities heading for credit. Or, you have the option of finding an online course on your own and having it pre-approved. Please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

Lastly, the field staff would like to remind everyone there are three remaining MVI Regional Locations left for the year. If you have not yet completed your vehicle inspections and do not have a program review scheduled, please schedule at one of these sites. Site information can be found on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under Enterprises/Schools, Regions 4&5. For scheduling please contact Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

Have a great week!

August 30, 2021

Good morning, everyone!

All Schools
As a reminder, the Driver Training Program Office will be closed next Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day. Please look for our weekly update on Tuesday of next week. 

Fire inspections are required for all schools. OAC 4501-7, 4501-8, 4501-21, and 4501-54 all require that the place of business comply with all local, state, and federal fire regulations. 

These rules are interpreted to mean that a business is in compliance as long as their local fire department provides in writing their policy with performing the fire inspections. If a business supplies the Driver Training Program Office with written communication from the local fire department on the frequency of the inspection, or the reason they are unable to perform a current inspection, they are in compliance with the associated rule. 

Initial applications are required to have a fire inspection performed no later than one year prior to the date of the application. 

Class D Schools
There are still instructor continuing education opportunities posted to the driver training website. 

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is seeking interested participants in a pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test.  If your organization is interested in participating in the pilot program, please email Sydney King at sking@dps.ohio.gov. Additional program details will be provided via e-mail but please note not all interested parties will be identified as participants. Deadline to communicate interest is Monday, September 6, 2021.

As a reminder, if you have any issues with your instructor brakes provided by OS Brake please reach out to them at 800-450-9022 or sales@osbrake.com.

CDL Schools
A  Basic Instructor Course has been posted to the driver training website for September 15, 2021. Please submit your registrations to enroll. 

The last instructor continuing education is being held on September 3rd in Mt. Orab. Registration and information is posted on the driver training website. 

Remedial Schools
Reminder with the approaching renewal period, all remedial instructors are required to have continuing education every five years. This training must be taken or approved by your curriculum provider. Some providers may require continuing education more frequently than five years. 

The Driver Training Program Office is the curriculum provider for JDIP, so if you need JDIP continuing education, please contact our office. 

Have a great week!


August 23, 2021

Good morning all!

Just a few quick updates this week:

Class D Brick and Mortar Schools
As a reminder, the only remaining MVI regional locations are located in Regions 4 & 5. If you have yet to schedule your vehicles for inspection, and you have less than 10 cars and are not scheduled for a program review this year, you should be scheduling for dates in Region 4 & 5. Please contact Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov for available dates and times.

Our office has posted a new continuing education for instructors in Columbus on October 18th. Registrations are limited so please register your instructors as soon as possible. For registration and information please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. Additionally, as a reminder all Training Managers are required to take Training Manager specific continuing education. We will not allow training managers to register for instructor continuing education. Please contact our office if you are a Training Manager in need of continuing education this year and we will work with you on possible courses.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety is revisiting the Virtual Driving Assessment system (VDAs) project. We are working to determine the path forward with the VDAs and need your honest feedback. Each school's Authorizing Official either will receive a link, or already has received a link by email to complete an online survey. It is imperative we have responses no later than end of business on Thursday, August 26th. Your input will provide insight into your position with the VDAs and the potential or current impact upon your business and your students. We appreciate your time and interest with this feedback. 

All Schools
We have received word from several instructors and schools that BCI is currently experiencing quite a long backlog for state background checks. A contact in the BCI&I office was gracious enough to provide us with this email if you are having troubles: IdentQA@OhioAGO.gov. Unfortunately they were not able to advise our office when their phone system would be back up and running.

Rules Updates
Our office is in the process of working on reviewing several chapters of our rules. Below is a status update on each chapter that is due:

  • 4501-7 has not yet been filed; they are temporarily on hold while final decisions are being made. 
  • 4501-21 will be filed within the next month with the Common Sense Initiative Office. Driver Training met with stakeholders last Friday to assist with the finalization of the drafted rules. 
  • 4501-8 is due this year.

The department will be reaching out to stakeholders soon to start working on these rules. 

As always thank you for all you do to keep Ohio's roadways safer!


August 16, 2021

Good morning all! Here are the updates for the week:

All Schools
Our office is now under the guidance of the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. As a part of this office we have new materials available for order for driving schools. Please see the materials order form from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office to order some new materials.

Additionally, please take the time to sign up to receive the Ohio Traffic Safety Office's newsletter, Trafficwise, if you have not done so already. To sign up email TrafficSafety@info.dps.ohio.gov to register. The newsletter is full of great Driver Safety information and resources.

Class D Schools
As the vehicle inspection period is ramping up our field staff would like to make you aware of some common violations that are being found during your annual vehicle inspections to help you prepare. These include: Lights (license plate lights, third brake lights, and back up lights), Student Driver Signs (do not meet minimum or maximum requirements for height), and color contrast issues with Student Driver signs (your sign must be a contrasting color to your vehicle).

CDL Schools
As a reminder, all students being credited with behind the wheel time are required to complete a pre-trip inspection each day. OAC 4501-7-28 (H) states, "...Each student driver, with the assistance of the instructor, shall do at least one pre-trip inspection during each day of on-the-road training." This means the training cards should reflect Pre-Trip every time behind the wheel is recorded. 

Additionally, this flyer has information pertaining to FMCSA CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse registration process for student drivers in training programs.

Thank you for helping to keep Ohio's roadways safer!


August 9, 2021

Good morning everyone! Here are the updates for the week:

Class D and CDL Schools
As a reminder, if you are currently registered for a continuing education course with our office, and you are unable to attend, inform our office as soon as possible. With the COVID pandemic we are limited on participation at our locations and have waiting lists. Additionally, if you do not receive an email confirmation of your registration, at least one week prior to the scheduled course, then you are not registered. If this is the case, you will not be able to attend. You will be turned away if you show up.

All Schools
The Driver Training Program Office has once again changed agencies. We are no longer under the scope of the Ohio State Highway Patrol office and are now instead under the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. With this change comes a change in how all new users will need to register to use the Public Safety Training Campus. This is for new users only. If you already have an account, this has been changed for you already. Under the attached new form you will see a box marked as "OTSO", please use this code when registering your instructors and authorizing officials for new accounts on the Training Campus.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

August 2, 2021

Good morning all!

Class D Schools
As a reminder, the final set of MVI Regional inspection locations are fast approaching. If your school has less than ten cars and is not scheduled for a program review this year, you should be attending these regional inspection sites. For scheduling please email Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


July 26, 2021

Good morning all!

All Schools
Please be advised that Valerie Wald will be out of the office and unavailable until July 30, 2021. If you need immediate assistance please contact the office at 614-466-3524 or drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

Additionally, please be advised that there will be limited phone coverage on Monday, July 26th and Tuesday, July 27th with our staff in training. Please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Class D Schools
A new Training Manager continuing education course has been posted to the Driver Training website for August 30th in Geneva, OH. Please visit the website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for registration and information.

CDL Schools
Please be advised that we are currently at low enrollment for the CDL Training Manager course on August 20th. If we do not receive at least two more registrations we will not be able to hold this course. For more information please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Information.

As always thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


July 19, 2021

Good morning all!

Here are the updates for the week:

Class D and CDL Schools
As a reminder your vehicle insurance needs to be current at all times in DETS. This helps to ensure when we are entering in inspection information for your vehicles we are able to do so. Please make sure this information is up to date before attending a regional vehicle inspection site as well as before any program reviews.

Class D Schools
As most of you are aware we are currently having a problem with the company OS Brakes' instructor brakes failing or coming unscrewed during vehicle inspections. Attached is a letter with instructions on the proper placement and method of installing the instructor brakes in your vehicles. Please take the time to read this letter and contact OS Brake with any questions regarding installation.

With the end of the extensions under HB 404 our office is becoming aware of issues in fulfilling student contracts within the 6 month time frame. As a reminder, you are required to finish all student contracts within the six month time frame allotted by the rules. Please make sure that your scheduling and student load allows you to operate within the rules. However, if you are aware that your current back log of students will not allow you to finish all contracts within the 6 month window, please contact our office as soon as possible to discuss possible options.

Two new continuing education dates were posted for instructors: September 21st in Cleveland and October 6th in Cincinnati. Please be advised registrations are limited, but both courses are currently posted on the website.

CDL Schools
New concise information has been published by the FMCSA regarding the ELDT requirements and who must meet them under the new guidelines starting February 7, 2022. Please see the below information and share with your instructors and students.

Which drivers are subject to ELDT?
The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations establish new Federal minimum training standards for entry-level drivers. This includes individuals applying for:

  • A Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the first time
  • An upgrade of an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL
  • A school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time

Beginning February 7, 2022, the ELDT compliance date, drivers must have completed the required entry-level driver training from a provider registered with FMCSA before taking a CDL skills or knowledge test to obtain one of the licenses or endorsements listed above.

How do the ELDT regulations impact current CLP holders?

  • Only drivers who obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) on or after the February 7, 2022 compliance date are subject to ELDT regulations for obtaining a CDL.
  • Drivers who currently hold a CLP may obtain a CDL without completing entry-level training, as long as they obtain their CDL before their CLP, or renewed CLP, expires.

How do the ELDT regulations impact current CDL holders?

  • Current CDL holders who apply for an S, P, or H endorsement on or after February 7, 2022 are subject to ELDT requirements for those endorsements.
  • The ELDT requirements for obtaining the S, P, or H endorsements also apply to drivers who obtain their CLP or CDL after February 7, 2022.

How will drivers subject to ELDT find training providers?
Drivers seeking to obtain a Class A or Class B CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement must select a training provider from the public list, which will be live on the Training Provider Registry website later this year. Drivers will contact the training provider and secure their services outside of the Registry.

Please visit the TPR Registry on the FMCSA website, https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov for more information.

A list of current Ohio CDL Schools can also be found using the "Find a Driving School" tool on our website.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


July 12, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Here are the updates for the week:

CDL Schools
Reminder: CDL driver training schools cannot be advertising their school on the premises of a testing site, including the third-party testing sites. This does include your instructors, who are also examiners, not being able to wear the trucking school’s logoed clothing while testing students.
4501-7-34 (G) "No driver training enterprise shall solicit or advertise for business at or in the immediate area used by patrons of any office used for conducting driver license examinations. The use of an enterprise's licensed name on its motor vehicles or place of business shall not be construed as advertising or soliciting under this rule."

Class D Schools
Reminder: Any vehicle recently purchased or placed back into service must have an ad-hoc inspection performed by the Training Manager or Authorizing Official of your school before being used for training. The Training Manager or Authorizing Official should use the DTO 0150 form to inspect the vehicle, and within 30 days contact your regional field staff for a state inspection and decal number. All new vehicles need to be entered into DETS prior to the ad-hoc inspection. For more information please see the Vehicle Inspection Policy found here.

All Schools
Reminder: If a vehicle is no longer in use by the enterprise it must be removed from your DETS account as soon as possible. This creates less confusion when the Driver Training Office and field staff are entering in decal information for inspections. This also applies to CDL schools range and road vehicles.

Additionally, please make sure you are periodically checking and updating your instructor lists. We have had several schools lately receive licenses for instructors who are no longer employed with their enterprise.

Please be aware that with the ending of the extensions under HB 404 our automated probationary emails are back up and running. If you currently have an instructor in probation you will receive an automated email one month before the end of the probationary period reminding you to submit assessments for the instructor. If you fail to submit these assessments, and you do not request a probationary extension from our office, the probationary instructor will go into failed probationary status and will need to restart. Please email us as soon as possible with any questions regarding probationary instructors.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

July 6, 2021

Good morning all!

A few updates for the week:

All Schools
The Highway Patrol released a newer version of What to Do If Pulled Over. This new video is available on our public facing website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under School Resources.

CDL Schools
On June 28, 2021, FMCSA updated the Entry-Level Driver Training Provider Registry website to enable training provider registration.  Training providers can visit: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/Provider

When it is fully implemented, the Training Provider Registry will:

  • List training providers who have registered with FMCSA and self-certified that they meet the Federal requirements in the Entry-Level Driver Training (EDLT) final rule.
  • Retain information about which CDL applicants have successfully completed entry-level driver training so that States can verify completion of entry-level driver training prior to administering a CDL skills or knowledge test.

Only training providers that register with FMCSA through the Training Provider Registry, and certify their compliance with Federal and State regulations, will appear on the public list and be able to submit information certifying a driver’s successful completion of training.  The list of registered training providers will be available to the public later this year.

Resources for Training Providers
Training providers can access the following resources on the TPR website:

Resources for Enforcement

The ELDT regulations will improve safety by ensuring that all entry-level drivers receive and successfully complete comprehensive training from a self-certified training provider prior to obtaining a CDL, upgrade, or endorsement.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

June 28, 2021

Good afternoon everyone!

Here are the updates for the week:

All Schools
Final Reminder: If your 2021 renewal has not been completed, all documents must be submitted and approved by June 30th for you to continue operation as of July 1. Additionally, if you have outstanding program review violation documents, or outstanding annual requirements for your instructors (physicals, assessments, and sexual harassment prevention course certificates) these documents must also be submitted by July 1, 2021. 

If you are in need of continuing education in the year 2021, you are not required to complete this requirement before July 1, but rather before the end of the year. All instructors or training managers who took continuing education in 2018 must complete their continuing education requirement before December 31, 2021 to complete their renewal.

Please be advised phone coverage will be limited on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 as we will be out of the office in training. Additionally, the office will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of the holiday.

Online Schools
Online schools are required to submit an annual review of the security measures. This includes either the full security assessment or the attestation of compliance and a security scan.

Security Scan – The security scan is currently handled by the department’s IT Security Operations Group. Our office or IT will reach out to each online company to advise of the needs to schedule the scan. Upon receiving the results of the scan, any vulnerabilities or results that are at a medium level and above will be required to be addressed. The online company, IT, and our office will work together to establish a plan to remediate within a reasonable timeframe. Timeframes are established based upon the types and levels of the results.

Security Assessment or Attestation – the information provided in the forms will be reviewed. Additional information may be required depending upon what is provided. It is vital that the questions are completed entirely and clearly.

Online companies will be contacted and provided directions in advance of the requirement to submit any assessment or attestation. This message is meant to inform online companies of the annual requirements and expectations. It is not intended for online companies to begin submitting items. We will email you once the process begins.

Thank you for all you do to keep Ohio's roadways safer!

June 21, 2021

Good morning everyone!

All Schools
As a final reminder, all renewals must be submitted and approved before June 30, 2021 so that you may continue operation on July 1. This is only for schools who have not yet completed their 2021 renewal. Please be advised that renewals received on June 30, 2021 will be processed in the order they are received.

Please also be advised that instructor applications and enterprise applications may be delayed over the next two weeks due to renewals taking precedence.

CDL Schools
With the recent updates to Gov. DeWine's health mandates we are able to open up the Basic Instructor Course to allow for more participants. If you would like to register any additional students for next Tuesday's course, please let us know no later than Thursday, June 25, 2021.

Remedial Schools
Proposed rules were published to the bulletin board last week. Our office is requesting feedback on the new rules, as there have been some large changes. Please see the bulletin board post for more information.

Thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


June 14, 2021

Good morning all! A few updates this week:

Online Schools
The law regarding the elimination of enrollment certificates was slated to go into effect on July 1, 2021. However, because this requires a change to the Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7 that will not be finished in time, you are still required to purchase and send student's enrollment certificates. We are currently looking to the fall for this rule to go into effect.
Additionally, there is a proposal in the revised version of the Ohio Administrative Code to allow for electronic transmission of certificates; however, this rule is also not going to be in effect until the rules are finalized. At this time it is still against the rules to electronically send certificates to students. Please make sure all certificates are still being mailed.

CDL Schools
Another updated version of the behind the wheel training form has been added to our website for your use. We hope the newest version is user friendly. Please visit under Enterprises and Schools to access the new form.

Class D and Abbreviated Adult Schools
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Traffic Safety Office in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are offering resources and information for parents of teen drivers. There is a web page from the Driver Training website that provides parents and teens information on three main areas: Ohio’s licensing requirements; preparing to drive; and driving alone. There is additional information under each of the three sections to assist parents and teens. Feel free to use this site as a resource and to point parents towards research based information as they and their teen move through the licensing process. www.teachyourteentodrive.ohio.gov 
 There is a proposal in the revised version of the Ohio Administrative Code to allow for electronic transmission of certificates; however, this rule is not going to be in effect until the rules are finalized. At this time it is still against the rules to electronically send certificates to students. Please make sure all certificates are still being mailed or picked up by the student or parent from the enterprise.

Remedial Schools
Two different continuing education courses are currently posted on our website for those who use the National Safety Council or Ohio Excellence for Remedial curriculums. As a reminder, all remedial providers who were due for continuing education in 2020 most attend a continuing education course before July 1 to be able to process your renewal. If you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov 

All Schools
Reminder: If your renewal has not yet been completed for the 2021 renewal year, all documents must be submitted and approved no later than July 1, 2021. If your renewal is not completed by this date your enterprise will become inactive and cannot operate.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

CDL ELDT Updates

December 8, 2021

Does your training program meet the ELDT curricula requirements?

The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations establish the topics and information that must be covered in an entry-level driver training program. When registering in the Training Provider Registry, providers are self-certifying that they meet all ELDT requirements, including the requirements for training curricula outlined in 49 CFR part 380 appendices A through E.

To assist you in verifying that you meet these requirements, FMCSA has developed the following materials.

ELDT Curricula Summary

This guide summarizes all the training topics drivers must complete for each license or endorsement type covered by the ELDT regulations.

Download the ELDT Minimum Federal Curricula Requirements.

Training Provider Registry FAQs

FMCSA has posted a number of responses to frequently asked questions on various topics on the Training Provider Registry website. FAQs on curricula include questions about using materials provided by a third party, splitting behind-the-wheel and theory trainings between two providers, meeting State requirements, and more.

Read the frequently asked questions on curricula requirements.

Registration reminder

February 7, 2022 is fast approaching. Any entity that intends to provide entry-level driver training on or after this ELDT compliance date must register in the Training Provider Registry. Registration is now open.


November 5, 2021

Get Access Credentials for TPR Web Service

Training providers may choose to set up a direct connection to submit driver training certification information directly from their IT system to the Training Provider Registry via the TPR Web Service. This web service is optional—all registered training providers will be able to submit information using a future enhancement in the Training Provider Portal. This feature will be added by February 7, 2022.

Providers who plan to set up a direct web interface to the TPR Web Service must use certain access credentials. These credentials are now available to registered training providers.

To download your access credentials:

  1. Register on the Training Provider Registry, if you have not already done so. Download the Training Provider Registration Guide for instructions.
  2. Log in to your Training Provider Portal and go to the "Manage Access" tab.
  3. Click the Generate Credentials button. Follow the prompts to generate and save your credentials

Make sure to save these credentials and keep them protected as you would an account password. FMCSA will not retain your credentials in the TPR system. If you lose them, you will need to generate new credentials. Instructions on how to use these credentials are in the updated Web Services Development Handbook for Training Providers, which is available on the Developer's Toolkit page on the Training Provider Registry website.

Early Registration Is Open

Any company or organization that plans to provide training to entry-level drivers on or after February 7, 2022 will have to be registered with FMCSA. Early registration is open now. Learn more about training provider requirements and consider starting your registration today.

Register With FMCSA


March 19, 2021

The FMCSA recently held a webinar on March 4, 2021 for training providers to begin preparing for the upcoming ELDT updates. The webinar has been recorded and is available, along with powerpoint slides, to those who were unable to attend. Please access the webinar HERE and the powerpoint slides HERE. Additionally, FMCSA has also created materials to help training providers prepare for the upcoming ELDT changes. A checklist can be found HERE and a curricula summary can be found HERE. For more information, please visit the FMCSA website.


March 4, 2021

Please see the attached documents for the latest ELDT information.


January 25, 2021

Training Provider Registry (TPR) Web Service Testing is now Available from FMCSA for ELDT

Testing services are available by clicking on TPR Registry Developer's Toolkit
Complete instructions are included by clicking on Web Services Handbook
If you have any technical questions click on Contact Us

 

Rules

No rules announcements at this time.

Program Announcements

August 30, 2021

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is seeking interested participants in a pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test.  If your organization is interested in participating in the pilot program, please email Sydney King at sking@dps.ohio.gov. Additional program details will be provided via e-mail but please note not all interested parties will be identified as participants. Deadline to communicate interest is Monday, September 6, 2021.


November 25, 2020

Late on Monday, November 23, 2020, the Governor signed HB 404 into law. The law extends deadlines and license requirements until July 1, 2021.

Annual license requirements
The house bill provides for extensions of deadlines for requirements that expired on or after March 9, 2020 through April 1, 2021. Under the new law, the requirements and would be completed no later than July 1, 2021. This pertains to the annual requirements needed to renew or maintain a license such as the annual physical, driving abstracts, background checks (if applicable), continuing education requirements, and assessments. An instructor or school license will not be considered in violation for those requirements that expired on and after March 9th through April 1, 2021. Be advised that these items are still required, however, the time in which they need to be completed is extended until July 1, 2021.

2021 License and Certification Renewals
The new law affects the current renewal season for 2021. Those who have successfully completed their renewals will receive their licenses for 2021. Those who have not completed will have to complete the renewals no later than July 1, 2021. 2021 licenses and certificates to operate will not be sent out without a completed renewal. Schools and instructors may choose to continue to renew prior to the new deadline. Our office will continue to review and renew the licenses and certifications as they are submitted.

Licenses to teach and/or train
Instructors will have to maintain their license on them at all times they are teaching. If they have not received the 2021 renewed license, the 2020 license will remain in effect until July 1, 2021. In this case, the 2020 license will need to remain on the instructor during times of teaching and/or training.

Initial Instructor Training and Applications
These time extensions do not apply to an initial or first time applications. Please contact our office with any concerns with upcoming background check or driving abstract expirations.

Probationary Instructor Licenses
Probationary instructors will receive the extension also. If the school choses to complete the assessments and get an instructor licensed prior to the extended deadline of July 1, 2021, they may do so. The probationary instructor shall serve at least 180 days on probation before being passed.

Ohio BMV Extensions
The Ohio BMV posted the following announcement today to their website at bmv.ohio.gov. "Due to the ongoing pandemic, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed Ohio House Bill 404, which extends the expiration date of driver licenses (DL), identification cards (ID), and vehicle registrations beyond December 1, 2020. Now, if a customer's expiration date on their DL, ID, or vehicle registration is March 9, 2020, to April 1, 2021, the expiration date has been automatically extended and will remain valid until July 1, 2021."

For additional related topics and questions pertaining to the BMV, please contact them directly.

 

General Information

The CDL vehicle inspection policy has some recent updates. The following, at a minimum, has been updated:

  • Added the DTO 0142 must be provided in duplicate during the vehicle inspections
  • Bolded the section regarding the Motor Vehicle Inspection list is part of the renewal
  • Added in Tracy Williams contact for scheduling range-only vehicles;
  • Clarified the decals to say CVSA decals are issued by the Highway Patrol
  • Added for schools to identify the number of vehicles needing inspected when scheduling with the Highway Patrol

Read the policy and maintain for reference. Please share the information with anyone affected.


Our office has recently become aware of a great resource from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. On their website is a crash statistic generator (OSTATS) that can really narrow down certain statistics by type of crash, day of the week, hour by hour, and within certain parts of the state. There is a comprehensive user guide that you can find HERE that nicely defines and outlines what you can and cannot do within the generator. Statistics are updated weekly so you can go in and get the most up-to-date information available for your area. There is also a helpline for those who need assistance or who are looking for information not contained in the generator. Happy researching!


CDL Update: Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) – Beginning February 7, 2022, a new federal law goes into effect requiring mandatory training. Individuals who apply for a first-time CDL, a CDL upgrade, or endorsement are required to attend training with an entity that is on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry (TPR). (FMCSA-2007-27748 and FMCSA-2017-0371) The required training is for a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, upgrade from Class B CDL to Class A CDL, Passenger endorsement, School Bus endorsement and Hazardous Materials endorsement. For more information about the ELDT, visit fmcsa.dot.gov.

Town Hall Meetings

The purpose of town hall meetings is for the department to receive input on current Ohio rules, processes, and procedures related to every driver training program. The meetings provides schools the opportunity to provide feedback to get a better understanding of the impact of certain processes and requirements within the rules.